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Posted: Monday July 9, 2012 6:27PM ; Updated: Monday July 9, 2012 10:58PM
2012 Home Run Derby Tracker
SI.com's Cliff Corcoran will break down all of the action at Kauffman Stadium tonight.
To read Jay Jaffe's breakdown of each of the contestants and a preview of what to expect, click here.
 
Championship: Most Homers From This Round Wins
Player Championship Round HR Longest HR
Prince Fielder
Detroit Tigers, 1B
2012: 15 HRs
Career: 245 HRs
 12  476
Jose Bautista
Toronto Blue Jays, OF
2012: 27 HRs
Career: 183 HRs
 7  438
Corcoran's Take:  Hitting capless off his former minor league hitting coach, Sandy Guerrero, who also pitched to him in the Derby in 2009 and '11, Prince Fielder joined Ken Griffey Jr. as just the second player ever to win more than one Derby. Fielder first won in 2009 in St. Louis, when he hit six home runs in the finals to inch past the Rangers' Nelson Cruz. This year, he returned to Missouri and doubled that finals total, blasting 12 to bring his output for this Derby to 28, five more than he hit in 2009. Hitting first in the finals, Fielder went deep three times before making an out and had eight home runs before he made his second out. When he was done he had brought his career total of Derby home runs to 63, good for fourth all time (this was his fourth Derby; he also participated in 2007). Fielder is the first Tiger to win the Derby.

For his part, Jose Bautista went deep on his first swing and put together a good showing with seven total, including one on the gold ball, but he never really got hot and seemed winded after hitting 11 home runs in the first round and having to go to a swing-off to get past Trumbo in Round 2.
 
Round 2: Two Highest Totals Advance
Player Round 2 HR Total HR Longest HR
Prince Fielder
Detroit Tigers, 1B
2012: 15 HRs
Career: 245 HRs
 11  16  476
Jose Bautista
Toronto Blue Jays, OF
2012: 27 HRs
Career: 183 HRs
 2*  13  428
Mark Trumbo
Los Angeles Angels, OF
2012: 22 HRs
Career: 51 HRs
 6  13  457
Carlos Beltran
St. Louis Cardinals, OF
2012: 20 HRs
Career: 322 HRs
 5  12  459
*Advanced in a swing-off with Trumbo

Corcoran's Take: Batting last of the four men in the second round, Round 1 leader Jose Bautista needed just three home runs to pass Mark Trumbo and move into the finals, but he made six outs before he hit his first. He then hit two to tie Trumbo, but couldn't get the third, triggering a swing-off for the finals. Given five total swings in the swing-off, Trumbo didn?t manage a home run until his final swing, but Bautista went deep on his first two to advance.

Despite that bit of drama, Prince Fielder was the real star of Round 2. The Tigers slugger and 2009 Derby champion matched Bautista's first-round total of 11 to clinch the first spot in the finals with 16 total homers. Included in Fielder's 11 Round 2 taters were home runs that traveled 458, 461, 464 and 476 feet, the first of which he seemed to golf off his shoetops. When Fielder, who led off the round, finished his barrage, he was the owner of the seven longest home runs in the Derby.

That didn?t last long. Beltran hit home runs of 454 and 459 feet, and Trumbo?s initial round was composed primarily of 450-foot bombs, though it started with an opposite field line drive that was every bit as impressive.

 
Round 1: Top Four Advance
Player Total HR Longest HR
Jose Bautista
Toronto Blue Jays, OF
2012: 27 HRs
Career: 183 HRs
 11  439
Carlos Beltran
St. Louis Cardinals, OF
2011: 20 HRs
Career: 322 HRs
 7  436
Mark Trumbo
Los Angeles Angels, OF
2011: 22 HRs
Career: 51 HRs
 7  439
Prince Fielder
Detroit Tigers, 1B
2011: 15 HRs
Career: 245 HRs
 5  454
Carlos Gonzalez
Colorado Rockies, OF
2011: 17 HRs
Career: 94 HRs
 4  433
Andrew McCutchen
Pittsburgh Pirates, OF
2011: 18 HRs
Career: 69 HRs
 4  412
Matt Kemp
Los Angeles Dodgers, OF
2011: 12 HRs
Career: 140 HRs
 1  420
Robinson Cano
New York Yankees, 2B
2011: 20 HRs
Career: 164 HRs
 0  N/A
Corcoran's Take: The story of the first-round of the 2012 Home Run Derby was the gold ball, the ball put into play once a player is down to his last out. Each of the first seven men to come to the plate put a gold ball in the seats and Jose Bautista's round-leading total of 11 was accomplished thanks to a streak of six straight gold balls hit for home runs. Mark Trumbo, who hit in the middle of the round, tied leadoff hitter Carlos Beltran's overall total of seven with three gold ball homers and Andrew McCutchen doubled his total by hitting two gold ball home runs to bring his output to four, and Matt Kemp's only home run came on a gold ball that went out to dead center. Fourteen of the 39 home runs hit in the round (36 percent) were on gold balls triggering $252,000 for charity at a rate of $18,000 per gold ball homer.

Prince Fielder hit the round's two longest home runs, crushing one 454 feet and another 448 feet into one of Kauffman Stadiums rightfield fountains. However, he only snuck into the second round with five home runs (edging out Carlos Gonzalez and McCutchen, who hit four each; captains Robinson Cano and Matt Kemp combined just one dinger, that courtesy of Kemp).

Trumbo, who joined Bautista, Beltran and Fielder in advancing to the second round, put on a show of his own. Trumbo hit four straight in the middle of his round, including one off the roof of the Royals' Hall of Fame behind the leftfield stands and another that went even further off its face at 439 feet.

Bautista, meanwhile, gave American League pitchers a bit of a scouting report when, stuck at three homers after using up six outs, he asked the catcher to "set up in, like you?re going to try to jam me" before homering eight more times across his final four outs.

Unfortunately, the round ended on a sour note as AL captain Cano was booed viciously by the Kansas City crowd, which was furious that hometown All-Star Billy Butler wasn't included on the team hand-picked by Cano. The crowd loudly cheered each of Cano's outs, going past making their point to putting a real sourness into the event. It's unfortunate that a player had to become a focal point of a perceived player snub like that. I wonder if that reaction will prompt Major League Baseball to rethink the concept of having a Derby captain.
 

 
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